Dear Editor, On June 4, I wrote to the Post about the fate of five Kings Norton historic buildings. There are many other historic buildings which are at risk of demolition in Birmingham.
On June 25, there was article in the Birmingham Mail by Paul Bradley entitled Wounded heroes’ clinic probe . The article stated that: “A new rehabilitation centre for injured military personnel could be coming to the region after an anonymous donor agreed to fund a year-long feasibility study”. As well as treating wounded solders the centre would include a National Rehabilitation Centre for injured civilians.
As stated in the article, they do not need to look far as such a centre already exists at Selly Oak Hospital.
What a wonderful opportunity this would be to use the facilities already in place at the hospital and to include the very fine former Victorian workhouse buildings in the project, the Kings Norton workhouse was relocated to the site in the 1870s, these buildings are under risk of demolition when the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital is opened.
I am sure Prince Charles, who is a frequent visitor to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, would take a great interest in such a project.
Chairman Kings Norton History Society